April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month



National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

During the month of April communities are especially encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first observed in 1983 by proclamation by President Ronald Reagan.



Pinwheels for Prevention

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. Throughout April, celebrate the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel – the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future. When all children don’t have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development, we put our future as a society at risk.


Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect can save taxpayers $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system.


Our most basic obligation is to support the healthy development of our nation’s children. The great childhoods we want for our children require a loving and supporting environment. Children who are raised in supportive and stable environments are more academically and financially successful, and great childhoods help children grow into productive, contributing adults who help their community, and our country, be prosperous and competitive in the global economy.



Child Abuse and Neglect

During April and throughout the year, we all can join together and work towards preventing child abuse and neglect and to promote happy, healthy, stable, children and families.

Download Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms

Register for the Child and Family Services Agency Mandated Reporter training online to learn more about child abuse and neglect.



Get Involved

Support our Annual Pack A Backpack™ Drive by helping us collect backpacks (and duffel bags) and fill with personal hygiene items for teen boys in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters.

Our Annual Pack A Backpack™ Drive began on April 1, 2018 and ends on May 6, 2018. Backpacks will be delivered in May during National Foster Care Month. Our goal is 150 filled backpacks for teen boys.

Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager.  She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company.  Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion.  Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.


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